Sometimes a stamp image is so striking it’s hard to think of new ways to use it. For me, the images in the Painted Glass Stamp Set from Stampin’ Up! fall into this category. So today, with three design challenges for inspiration, I decided to try something different with the roundel from that set.
OK it may not be obvious, but I am happy with the minor adjustments I made to this pretty image. But first things first…
My colours were inspired by the Paper Players challenge PP409. Blackberry Bliss, Crumb Cake and Mint Macaron were compulsory.
I felt that the colour palette was rather muted and so decided that my fourth colour would be Crushed Curry.
This would add a little brightness and warmth. I suppose with the cooler mornings now I’m definitely feeling the approach of autumn, and that is finding it’s way into my colour choices.
The layout was inspired by the second challenge. This one is from Freshly Made Sketches.
FMS353 is very minimal and at first glance I wasn’t even sure I liked it. However, looking at the ideas from the Freshly Made Sketches Design Team I realised I could use a little poetic licence.
So I decided use a sentiment and simple image in place of the rectangle across the bottom.
The inspiration for the technique (or perhaps lake of them) was a third challenge. This one is from As You See It, AYSI184 – Back To Basics.
When I thought about when I first started papercrafting I didn’t have lots of tools. I certainly didn’t know any of the techniques that I now use without a second thought.
So for today’s project I’d avoid my punches, Big Shot, heat embossing, even ribbon and embellishments. This project will be all about stamps, ink and paper.
I began with a Blackberry Bliss ink pad and the roundel image from the Painted Glass Stamp Set. I stamped the whole image on a layer of Very Vanilla Card. Then I stamped the image across the corner of another layer of Very Vanilla Card, and on the front of a Very Vanilla Medium Envelope.
Using the fine tip of a Blackberry Bliss Stampin’ Write Marker from the Regals Collection, I then added a little extra detail to each of the images.
First on alternate ‘petals’ in the centre I drew a few horizontal lines. Then on the flowers around the outside I added some dots to make the scallop look twisted.
With the alterations done I then simply coloured in some of the sections using the Mint Macaron marker from the Subtles Collection, This was followed by the Crumb Cake marker from the Neutrals Collection and finally the Crushed Curry marker from the Regals Collection.
FINISHING THE PROJECT
With the colouring all done I could start to assemble the project.
First I used my Stampin’ Trimmer to cut and score a piece of Blackberry Bliss Card. Then I folded it along the scored line and sharpened the crease with a Bone Folder.
Next, using Multipurpose Liquid Glue I attached a layer of Crushed Curry Card to the front. This was followed by the Very Vanilla layer with the complete roundel image. Then I lined the card base with the other Very Vanilla layer.
Finally the simple thank you sentiment from the Painted Glass Stamp Set was stamped onto a strip of Very Vanilla Card with Blackberry Bliss ink. Once I’d attached that to the front of the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals, my project was complete.
I really like the simplicity of this project. I also like the way that the roundel no longer screams ‘stained glass window’. I’m not sure whether that’s because of the more muted colours, or if it’s because of my very minor additions. Either way I love the result. What do you think?
Here’s some links to previous blog posts featuring project using the Painted Glass Stamp Set.
BUNDLE BONUS – The Painted Glass Stamp Set can be purchased by itself, or you can also get it as part of a bundle with the coordinating Stained Glass Thinlits dies. I didn’t use the dies today, but I’ve included a link to the bundle in case you want to get both. Buying the coordinating items using the bundle code will save you 10%.
PAPER PUMPKIN DEADLINE!
It’s the 10th of the month and that means today’s your last chance to make a decision about the September Paper Pumpkin Kit.
The September project has a Halloween theme, and the kit contains everything you need to make 24 treat packages. All the materials, ink spot and photopolymer stamp set are included in the kit, just add the treats. If you live in Canada and are not yet a subscriber, use the link to sign up for Paper Pumpkin.
If you are a Paper Pumpkin subscriber and Halloween is not your thing simply skip this month’s kit. All you do is log in to your Paper Pumpkin account and click on ‘skip this month’. Just make sure you so it by 11pm Atlantic time today.
Undecided? Sign up today, and if you don’t like the kit when it arrives I arrange for you to get a full refund. Now that’s an offer not to say ‘boo! to.